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Old November 29th, 2009, 02:50 PM
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Exclamation Windmill Palm Unhealthy. Please help!

Hello All,

I recently purchased a foot tall windmill palm tree. Over the course of about the last month, the tips of of just about every leaf has been browning, and I don't notice any growth in the tree. I notice a bit more browning each week. I want to know what I may be doing wrong or not doing at all that could be at fault. I'll summarize basically how I care for it.

I've kept the tree in the pot it was shipped in. I water it twice a week, soaking the soil as recommended on this site. I'd say that on each watering, I pour about 20 oz of water around the circumference of the pot. It stays indoors at all times, in front of a window with the blinds closed; I keep it out of direct sunlight. The pot seems to drain well; I see water collecting at the bottom of a plastic bag that I keep wrapped around the base of the pot. Sometimes I'll stick a thumb in the soil in between waterings, and it's still wet. One of my concerns is that the water doesn't drain fast enough from the pot.

I notice that it came shipped already with some fertilizer on the soil. Because I didn't transplant the tree at all, I've left alone the additional root hormone and fertilizer that it came with.

I've already become attached to this tree and want to get it back to health. Any advice?
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Old December 6th, 2009, 02:48 PM
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Default Windmill Palm Advice...

Where are you located and what is the temperature outside. All palms that are shipped are going to have a little shock called shipping shock. Some of the leaf tips will brown because it was inside of a box touching the walls and with out light for a few days. What you are doing is great. I would let the soil become a little more dry to water again since it is indoors. Usually palms our outside and the sun evaporates more of the water faster. I think the problem is not enough light and it being in a state of shock. Best thing to do is make sure the leaves are not touching anything. water once a week. Also trim off the browning tips. If possible place palm outside to receive sun. If it is too cold to place the windmill palm outside then I would recommend buying some grow lights. Replace a few of your surrounding lights with grown lights and you should have no problem. Upload a picture of your windmill palm and where it is located so we can see more of what is maybe causing the windmill palm to brown. I once had a palm i was really attached to. It was a orange crown shaft palm. One day i forgot to bring it inside and the weather went below 40 and i lost the palm. Terrible mistake. I bought another one and now it is doing great.

Best of luck.
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Old December 8th, 2009, 12:13 PM
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Default Windmill Seems like it needs more sun

Windmill Palm just needs some more sun some how. Trim the brown, that will stop it from continuing to brown.
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Old December 15th, 2009, 12:42 AM
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Thanks for your advice; both of you. I keep it in front of a window, but most of the time my blinds are closed. Even when they're open, the sunlight filters in from a different direction than where the tree sits. I'm going to move it in front of a better window, and also get a grow light just to be safe.

Unfortunately I don't have a digital camera at the moment. I trimmed the browning tips. On one of the stalks, I had to cut off over half the leaf length on many leaves. On a couple of stalks, just an inch or two did the trick. One of them was fine.

The tree is looking small after trimming; hopefully it won't brown anymore. The soil is still damp after over 48 hours of being watered with about 12 oz. I think I'll continue to water it twice a week, but with a bit less water since the soils stays damp for so long. I stuck my finger down into the soil about an inch; even deeper is probably wetter, I'd imagine.

I'm in western Oregon, in Eugene. We have a lot of windmills growing outdoors around here without problems. With the cold front recently, it's been way too cold outside--temperatures at night usually dropping below freezing--for my young tree, I think.
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Old December 15th, 2009, 10:17 AM
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Default Too cold for windmill with out aclimation

You are very Welcome. Everything should be ok. Those windmill palms are tough as nails. With good lighting and good watering any palm will do well. Soon you can acclimate the windmill palm to your weather. I wouldn't automatically put it outside in winter next year. I would sort of leave it outside but with some protection when temps go below 35. So in Eugene, Oregon there are lots of windmills? Whats the average lowest temps do you guy get?
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Old July 17th, 2010, 03:28 AM
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Sorry about the long delay. Yeah, there's quite a few windmills here. I'd guess in the entire 'metropolitan area' which includes another neighboring town, there's maybe 50 windmills. They're infrequent, but not rare, I guess.

I've only been living here for a few years, but I've dealt with a touch of snow once or twice. In the dead of winter, I'd say the temperature is normally around the mid 40s. At night it'll dip down below freezing. Pretty mild winters.

My tree died; I left it with a neighbor while I flew out of state on an extended holiday and I guess he just didn't care for it at all. I've bought another and it's doing great. Three new fronds popped up since I've gotten it, especially in the sunny summer days.

I'm now going to move on to a Medditeranean Fan Palm. I understand that those are decently cold hardy and have yet to see any in the area. I think I'll see how they do here. If they can survive in Austria, they can make it in Oregon.
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Old July 19th, 2010, 10:42 AM
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Default Neighbors have the tendancy to forget things...

I left rocky, my dog with my front neighbors thinking since they have a dog, they would know how to take care of a dog, at least for a week. I get a call from my neighbors saying that my dog is sick, so i cut my vacation early to see Rocky and sure enough their kids were feeding him chocolate to see how sick he can get... fantastic, and even though the parents weren't the ones doing it, you would think that they would punish their kids for Rocky abuse, nope just acted like these things happen... SO word to the wise, be careful with letting neighbors have responsibility over your things or pets.


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